Spotlight On… Bruce McCabe

  Bruce McCabe was born in 1969 and lived in Kenya, Fiji and Japan before returning to Australia, where he graduated in science from the University of Sydney. He worked for a variety of tech firms before making his name as an international expert on human factors in technology adoption and innovation. Along the way he published several hundred magazine, journal ...

Book Review: Captives by Angela Meyer

In Tom Stoppard’s play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Guildenstern declares that: ‘All your life you live so close to the truth it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye, and when something nudges it into outline it is like being ambushed by a grotesque’. And so it is with the stories in Angela Meyer’s Captives, a tiny yet ...

Screenwriting: What Happens Next? by George Merryman

Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock is quoted as saying: 'To make a great movie, you need just three things: a great script, a great script and a great script.' I like that quote for two reasons: One, it acknowledges the importance of a good screenplay. And two, in a world filled with auteurs, any director who openly values the work ...

Watch Your Words! Five Vocabulary Tips for Editors By Tony Spencer-Smith

Words are the lifeblood of writing. Combining in myriad ways like the coloured pieces in a kaleidoscope, they can create wondrous effects - or muddy, lifeless, pompous prose that sends readers to sleep.So word choice needs to be a major focus for editors, whether editing their own work or that of others. Here are five word blunders for editors to eliminate: Cut ...

Powering Your Blog by Karen Andrews

You have probably heard about blogging by now - it has been growing in Australia for some years. But if you haven't quite worked out whether it is an activity that will suit you or not, that's okay. Here are some tips that might help you decide: 1. Do it on your terms. Of course, stories are reported in the media of ...

The Lost River: Four Albums by Simone Lazaroo

  This novella by Simone Lazaroo is a heart-felt, lonely and sad yet uplifting story of a young mother, Ruth Joiner, preparing for her death and preparing for her daughter’s life after she passes from the mortal coil that encases us. This, Lazaroo’s fourth novel, is a long and varied array of fictional and academic writing for Murdoch University, and is ...

Book Review: After Darkness by Christine Piper

The great Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti summed up the internal tug-of-war suffered by Christine Piper’s protagonist in her debut novel, After Darkness. ‘I wonder why we divide life into fragments, the business life, social life, family life, religious life, the life of sports and so on? I think we ought to … find out if there is a way of life ...

Spotlight On… Jodie Wells-Slowgrove

Jodie Wells-Slowgrove is an author and teacher-librarian. A huge fan of fantasy fiction, her long-term goal has been to write a quest fantasy novel for younger readers. The first two books in the ‘Wilderness Fairies’ series were published by Penguin in February 2014, with the next two due out in August. Jodie will be joining us Saturday June 28, 2014 at ...

Tea With Arwa by Arwa El Masri

Tea with Arwa, a memoir by Arwa El Masri, provides a valuable glimpse into a Muslim woman's experience living in Australia. This memoir follows the story of Arwa, a young woman navigating a new country, struggling to reconcile her Saudi and Australian identities. The book succeeds in broadening the readers understanding of Muslim culture, while demystifying certain cultural myths, such ...

The Twelfth Raven by Doris Brett

“The Danish writer Isak Dineson wrote that ‘All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story’.” In her second memoir, poet and psychologist Doris Brett turns personal tragedy into a story of resilience and determination, as she once again navigates the journey from life-threatening illness to recovery. She likens the experience to Alice falling down the rabbit hole. “We ...

Celebrating our Members’ Success Stories

A big congratulations to these Writers' Centre members, who have achieved amazing successes in 2014. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, received valuable fellowships or residencies, and others have had their first book published. They are novelists, children's writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an ...

Slow Growing Ivy by David Terelinck

David Terelinck’s collection of Tanka Slow Growing Ivy is a testament to the ability of shorter form works to produce great emotion and power. Tanka is a genre of classical Japanese poetry in which poems follow a 5-line structure and verse's a syllabic pattern. Released earlier this year Slow Growing Ivy succeeds in heightening the quality of Tanka in Australia. ...

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